Regulation & Public Policy

Centers & Intellectual Life

Panel discussion in Greenberg Lounge

NYU Law centers approach regulation and public policy through various lenses, including criminal, financial, labor, tax, and security. Throughout the year, they host lectures by prominent members of the academic community and key public figures, convene conferences that invite top thinkers to NYU Law to exchange ideas, and implement new projects to research and effect change in public policy.

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.

The Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL) analyzes important issues of criminal law, particularly focusing on prosecutorial power and discretion. It pursues this mission in three main arenas: academia, the courts, and public policy debates. CACL is home to the Mercy Project, which works on clemency petitions, and the Clemency Resource Center, a one-year pop-up law office.

The Center for Financial Institutions was established to study the nature and operations of the central banks established by more than 170 nations. In the past, the center has co-sponsored the annual Comfort Global Economic Policy Forum. It includes perspectives drawn from law, economics, political science, history, and sociology.

The Center for Labor and Employment Law is a non-partisan forum for the debate and study of the policy and legal issues involving the employment relationship; the center hosts the annual conference on labor.

The Reiss Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute established in 2003 to focus on cultivating an informed dialogue and conducting groundbreaking research on the vital legal, policy, and strategic questions that will shape the national security field for years to come.

The Graduate Tax Program has, for more than 60 years, produced the best and the brightest tax practitioners, academics, and government leaders, nationally and internationally. The program hosts regular events related to tax and fiscal policy.

The Institute for Policy Integrity is a non-partisan think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decision-making. It produces original scholarly research in the fields of economics, law, and regulatory policy and advocates for reform before courts, legislatures, and executive agencies.

The NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy is a nonpartisan student-run periodical specializing in the analysis of local, state, and federal legislation and policy. Quorum, the journal’s online companion, is a forum for shorter contributions on various subjects, including current developments in legislation or public policy, responses to content in the print journal or earlier submissions to Quorum, and analyses of related issues. The journal welcomes submissions from legislators, judges, professors, practitioners, and law students. Each year, the journal hosts a symposium.

The Public Interest Law Center (PILC) is a national model for the promotion of public service. PILC not only coordinates and promotes the Law School’s public interest and government service activities but also counsels students individually on their careers.

The Tax Law Review, a faculty-edited law journal, is the the premier law school journal for tax policy scholarship.